EP Reflections

Pursuing Peace

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.              Psalm 34:13-14                           It’s now been ten days since General Assembly (GA) ended, but some of us are still talking...

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The Challenges of Inclusivity

God has sent me to proclaim release to the captivesand recovery of sight to the blind,to let the oppressed go free,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Luke 4:18b-19 General Assembly ended last week, as we all came home on the 4th of July. Thanks to technology,...

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Searching for Connection

The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God.In old age they still produce fruit;they are always green and full of sap,showing that the LORD is upright;he...

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Body Wisdom

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say toeveryone among you not to think of yourself more highly than...

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Restoration

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,the world, and those who live in it. Psalm 24:1 This last Saturday was our June Presbytery meeting and annual Day of Service, and I thought I’d share a few highlights. The meeting lasted almost exactly one hour as planned,...

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Ancestors, Children, Servants

The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom;like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,and rejoice with joy and singing. Isaiah 35:1-2a We have another Presbytery meeting, and our annual Day of Service, coming up this Saturday....

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Dad’s Dream

“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man.” Luke 6:22 June is upon us, and soon we will have our Presbytery meeting and Day of Service on June 15th (please make sure to REGISTER today!),...

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Words

[The Lord said,] “Come, let us go down, and confuse their language there, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” Genesis 11:7 In these times when it seems easier to divide than to connect, I’ve noticed how even when we speak to each other, even when...

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Rejoice Always

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4 When I pastored a small rural church on the island of Kaua‘i, I once asked the church leaders about their experience after Hurricane ‘Iniki destroyed their church building and many homes. One of...

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Wendy S. Tajima
Executive Presbyter

Wendy has a creative, spiritual and prophetic way of seeing the world that offers deep insights for practical living. She believes the Church is renewed from the edges, not the center, when those who’ve been marginalized are embraced.